This grant provides travel support to students so that they can attend the International Conference on Software Maintenance (ICSM) which this year is being held at William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia in September 2011. ICSM is a high quality conference addressing the research needs of the software development lifecycle. Attending enables students to hear the latest results in the field, meet with other researchers, and build community with the next generation of researchers, including the global community.
that was hosted by the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA on September 25-30, 2011. ICSM provided a premier international (world wide) venue to bring together researchers and practitioners working in the area of software maintenance and evolution. ICSM conference is a vital venue for the community of researchers and practitioners to publish, present, and debate the latest results advancing state of the art in software maintenance and evolution. The grant was used to support and broaden student participation in ICSM 2011 by subsidizing the travel for participants who might not otherwise travel to attend the conference. The funds were used solely to provide travel support for students from the U.S. based institutions. Applications were solicited via e-mail mailing lists, personal contacts, and the conference web-site. The selection process considered the applicantâ€™s level of participation in the ICSM 2011, followed by how closely the studentâ€™s research interests matched areas covered by ICSM, and, in the case of the undergraduate and starting graduate students, the advisorâ€™s endorsement stating the studentâ€™s potential and progress towards their degree. The selection process was based on the merit of student applications, making every possible effort to include underrepresented groups of students. The funds from this grant were used solely for students at U.S. based universities and colleges, with preferences given to U.S. citizens and underrepresented categories. We also asked eleven students, who have been awarded travel supplements from this NSF grant, to provide a one-page report on their ICSM 2011 experience. This proposal notably augmented both the training and development of graduate students working in the area of software maintenance and evolution by attending this conference, who participated in ICSM 2011 through this grant. The students receiving travel support personally benefited from the chance to engage in the important technical professional and social opportunities that ICSM 2011 fostered. Moreover, the ICSM 2011 conference was indirectly strengthened as a result of the greater attendance that this travel support provided. Finally, the funds from this grant were used solely for students at U.S. based universities and colleges, with preferences given to the U.S. citizens and underrepresented groups of students.